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Report of the Honorary Secretary

It is a very busy and exciting time for us all at BSG as we prepare for our annual conference this July. Whilst the work of BSG continues throughout the year, the annual conference is our key opportunity to share our activities with one another, meet with new and established colleagues and friends, as well as showcase our excellent research, policy and practice that we are all engaged in.   

As co-chair of the organising committee for the 2010 BSG Brunel conference, this year feels especially lively and special as all the organisation and arrangements that we have been working on start to come to fruition. We are delighted with the response we have had to the call for abstracts, that has allowed us to present an inter/national and multidisciplinary programme with such strength and diversity.  Some of our many highlights include:

  • 4 excellent inter/national keynotes
  • Symposia in nursing, social work, theory, critical gerontology, visual methods, dementia and more
  • 30 year celebration event for Ageing and Society
  • Launch event for Age UK
  • ‘Meet the editor’ session led by Prof Merril Silverstein and Policy Press
  • Visual display of current research
  • Over 150 paper, 22 symposia and approx 30 poster sessions to choose from
  • ERA events including a special symposium
  • Networking opportunities at the wine receptions, a barbeque (with pub quiz) and conference dinner
  • Pre and post conference workshops and seminars

I am also delighted to announce that the BSG has supported 11 members of ERA to attend and present at the conference. We very much hope you will join us at Brunel University and very much look forward to welcoming you. More information about the programme, how to register and important information for presenters and participants is available at:http://www.bsg2010brunel.org.uk/.

During the conference we will hold the 39th Annual General Meeting of the British Society of Gerontology at Brunel University on Tuesday 6th July at 17.50 hrs. All members are invited to attend. At this meeting we will confirm the election of a new President-Elect, Treasurer-Elect and a member of the BSG Executive Committee. Nominations have been requested and electronic voting for these positions will take place in June 2010. 

I am also delighted to announce that as part of our current mission and enhancement of our identity the Executive Committee have agreed to fund a significant development to our BSG website.  This is in recognition of the increasing importance of websites as a key resource and our pivotal means to communicate our messages and roles to local, national and global audiences, as well as promote communications with and amongst our members.  The website team, led by Rachel Hazelwood and Sue Venn, will work over the next few months to develop, update and enhance the website that we plan to launch in 2011. We will be in contact with members as we develop this website to help us collect and collate new information. If you wish to learn more or share your ideas please do contact Rachel Hazelwood at  britishgerontology@yahoo.co.uk

I very much look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Brunel University this July!

Our contact details are:




Please leave a message with your name and number on the BSG answering service on 07532 248 835. We will get back to you as soon as possible. 


British Society of Gerontology 

PO Box 607 


YO26 0EQ

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